Cabbagetown Diary

A Documentary

Par (auteur) Juan Butler & Tamas Dobozy
Catégories: Romans biographiques, Littérature et ouvrages de fiction
Éditeur: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Paperback : 9781554588305, 228 pages, Octobre 2012

Table des matières

Table of Contents
Cabbagetown Diary: A Documentary, by Juan Butler

Juan Antonio Butler: A Biographical Sketch | Charles Butler Mackay

Cabbagetown Diary: A Documentary | Juan Butler

“Thread Gathered and Tightened”: An Afterword | Tamas Dobozy

La description

When first published in 1970, Cabbagetown Diary’s rowdy concoction of grit and violence and rooming-house sleaze had a strongly polarizing effect on its readers. Many admired the frankness of Butler’s depiction of a sordid environment, and others deplored the obscenity of the language and the dangerous and careless ways in which his characters behave, bent as they are on downward self-transcendence. But Cabbagetown Diary was undeniably a promising debut by a young writer whose brash tone and pungent subject matter were unique in Canadian writing at that time. The novel takes the form of a diary written by a disaffected young Toronto bartender, Michael, over the course of his four-month liaison with Terry, a naive teenager who is new to the city. Michael introduces her to his friends and his inner-city haunts, to drink and drugs, and to the nihilist politics espoused by some in his circle. With hard-bitten cynicism and flashes of dark humour, Michael relates the vicissitudes of their summer together. This reissue of Cabbagetown Diary includes a biographical sketch by Charles Butler Mackay and an afterword by Tamas Dobozy.

Reviews

“Juan Butler, photographer Michel Lambeth, and poet Milton Acorn were three who spent their lives and their art challenging the status quo. They were mapmakers without whom I might have lost my way. ”

- – Michael Ondaatje, on receiving a Toronto Arts Award, 1987